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Staging Your Home for Sale: Hall Furniture and Decor

Hall furniture and decor is an important aspect of staging your home for sale. In fact, it is usually worth spending money on hall furniture, or on other forms of home furniture, to impress perspective buyers. A property that looks good and impresses a viewer is likely to be sold for more money than one that looks neglected.

We shall miss the curb appeal, because that refers to the external appeal of your home. Naturally you will have cleared all the paintwork, tidied up the yard and made your garden look neat and tidy. Repainting all your paintwork might make a good impression, as will renewing your door furniture adding a new gate.

Hall Furniture and Decor

We are concerned with what the viewer sees when your front door is opened. Hopefully, a welcoming vestibule or entrance area, or straight into a bright and airy hall. You can make your appear large with good lighting, pale colors or white with mirrors on the walls. Mirrors are excellent for opening up small areas.

Hall furniture shows the buyer its true size. A simple console table for your telephone and maybe a small chest is all that is needed. If you have room for seat or bench in your hall, then that will also be a benefit. Hall furniture should not make the hall look smaller, but you can use the decor to make it appear larger.

Staging the Kitchen

You should always leave best till last, so which room are you most proud of? With most people it is their living room or kitchen, although a dining room might also figure. Always try to make your kitchen look really good, bright and sparkling. Without being sexist, women like big kitchens, and if yours looks great, that could be the clincher for the sale.

Take time to clean up your kitchen with a toothbrush, repaint the walls and woodwork and make sure it smells nice. Use a reed diffuser which will provide both decorative appeal and a nice fragrance to the kitchen. If this is the best room in your house then leave it till last.

However, make sure you have stacked away most of your kitchen utensils. If the work surfaces are bare, the room will look larger. Leave shelves only partially used, and generally make the whole area appear sparse with regard to equipment and odds and ends lying around. You want to give an impression of space and roominess, not that you have to use every inch.

Your Living Room

The same applies to the living room. Put some of the contents of your wall display unit up into the attic until your property is sold. Show the potential new owner that there is plenty storage room – so much that you cannot use it all. This is a ploy that not many sellers use, and you should use it to sell your home. Staging your home for sale is creating an illusion more than showing it as it is.

If you have a lot of furniture in your living room, then remove some. Put it in the shed or ask your neighbor to keep it for a while. A sparsely furnished home will sell faster than one filled with furniture. Staging your home is all about space and roominess, and the next guy being assured that there is enough room for all his stuff!

Purchasing Furniture for Staging your Home

Keeping in mind that the more impressed the viewer is the bigger the offer you are likely to receive, some people buy furniture for their new home early to show in their old home. They know what they want to purchase when they move, and rather than wait they buy it now. They will move their old furniture out and replace with the new.

This is maybe taking staging your home a step too far, but some people claim that it works. The room looks tidier with new furniture and if some is storage or display furniture, it should be kept almost empty. Not completely empty – that would look contrived. Just enough so it looks use, but that there is plenty room left for more.

If potential buyers admire your furniture, then offer it to them. Tell them to add their cost to their offer price. It will then be amortized and add next to nothing to their monthly repayments – you both benefit. If they are unsure about that, it may be worth your while to offer it to them free if they make an offer immediately. That’s up to you, but that has also been known to happen. It secures an immediate offer and your home is sold rather than you waiting for months.

Staging your home for sale is a combination of cleaning, decorating and psychology. If you can do it well, then your home will sell quickly. If not, then… maybe some furniture?